Upon completion of a physical expansion and “elevation of service”, the Springfield Civic Center proudly re-opened its doors as the MassMutual Center. The original Springfield Civic Center opened in 1972 and was owned and operated by the City of Springfield until 1990, when a six-year period of contracted private management began. In February 1996, the SCC returned to city operation. In November 1997, the Massachusetts Legislature authorized funding for a major renovation and enlargement of the facility. Six months later, the Legislature formally transferred ownership of the SCC to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In April 1998 the Commonwealth turned the building over to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which currently owns the facility. In November 2003, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company entered into a relationship with the MCCA, earning naming rights for the facility.
In October of 2005 the MCCA contracted out the management of the MassMutual Center to Global Spectrum. Global Spectrum is the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than 80 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The Philadelphia-based company is part of one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment firms Comcast-Spectacor, which also owns the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks, Comcast SportsNet, a regional sports programming network, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, and Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company
Standing in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, the MassMutual Center is most diverse function space in Western Mass. Boasting 100,000 sq.ft of flexible space the MassMutual Center is the perfect back drop for any event. All under one roof the MassMutual Center offers an elegant ballroom, five fully-functional meeting rooms, a 40,000 sf. exhibit space, plus a totally renovated 8,000-seat arena. What more could you look for in one building?
The MassMutual Center provides the convention planner a state-of-the-art venue option, offering terrific value. There's plenty of room for exhibits, meetings and spectacular events. But Springfield and the Pioneer Valley go a step further; all of this is available without big-city traffic, lodging and pricing headaches.
Access couldn't be easier! The intersection of Interstates 90 and 91- the Crossroads of New England - is only minutes from the MassMutual Center. Amtrak rail and national motorcoach service provide even more ground-transportation options, and all major carriers fly into Bradley International Airport, less than 20 minutes from Springfield. Exceptional dining options plus 1,000 first-class hotel rooms within easy walking distance make the MassMutual Center the finest facility of its kind in Western New England.
The MassMutual Center has opened its door to many top-notch performers and entertainers. Throughout the years Aerosmith, Elvis, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live, Jethro Tull, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, The Original Harlem Globetrotters, The Beach Boys, and artists alike have filled the MassMutual Center with guests of countless ages.
The MassMutual Center also continues to be the proud home of the American Hockey League, the Springfield Falcons and the NBA D-League, the Springfield Armor.